Leonardo Aragon, an incoming senior at Mora High School, has been selected as a senator for American Legion Boys Nation in the Washington, D.C. area, July 20-27.
Boys Nation is an annual American Legion program that includes civic training, leadership development and a focus on Americanism. Aragon was previously elected Chief Supreme Court Justice at New Mexico Boys State, which had roughly 120 participants. Aragon will be joined by Beau Sandoval of Rio Rancho High School in representing New Mexico at Boys Nation.
At Mora, Aragon has served as student council vice president, class vice president, 4-H president, MESA class representative, BPA class representative, GEAR UP CEO and a peer educator. He has also participated in varsity baseball, where he was team captain, 3-time all-district and a state champion; junior varsity cross country; Little League; CASSM; and YHEC. Aragon has also been on the honor roll, a member of NMAA SLAC, and qualified for multiple BPA national competitions. A resident of Mora, Aragon hopes to attend Stanford University to pursue a career as an attorney.
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About Boys Nation:
During their eight days at Boys Nation, 98 senators (two from each state with the exception of Hawaii) will learn from a hands-on approach how the U.S. Senate and the federal government function. Young men are divided into two political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, each of which conducts a party convention, sets a platform and nominates members for elected offices, including Boys Nation president, vice president and party leaders. Each senator will also write, introduce and debate a bill of his choosing before an appropriate Senate committee, and if successful at that level the legislation will be voted on by the whole Senate. Bills passing the Senate are later signed or vetoed by the Boys Nation president.
The young men will also have an opportunity to tour the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Wall and Korean War Memorial. They will also present a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, see the Iwo Jima Memorial and visit Capitol Hill for meetings with their state’s U.S. senators. They may have the opportunity to visit the Pentagon and the White House as well. In addition, delegates will attend a dinner at a nearby Legion post hosted by National Commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.
This year’s crop of Boys Nation senators represent the finest of nearly 20,000 incoming seniors who attended the 49 annual Boys State programs. Famous Boys Nation alumni include former President Bill Clinton, actor Donal Logue, Govs. Chris Christie and Scott Walker, and Sens. Mike Lee and Tom Cotton. Notable Boys State alumni include Tom Brokaw, Michael Jordan, Rush Limbaugh, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Neil Armstrong, Roger Ebert and Justice Samuel Alito.
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The Public School Facilities Authority (PSFA), administrative staff to the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC), is gathering input for potential updates to the Statewide Adequacy Standards this year and we need your input.
We need input from each school community to ensure the proposed changes are relevant and effective. As owners and users of school facilities, your perspective is valuable and needs to be included.
The Adequacy Standards set fundamental requirements for educational spaces, furnishings, and equipment for every public school in New Mexico. When your community plans a new school or remodel of an existing school, the Adequacy Standards set minimum classroom space requirements. These minimum space requirements are the “bottom line”, for the designer and the community to use as a starting point. When you fill out the survey, a question you may ask yourself is; “is this classroom the right size for project based learning” or “ does my special education classroom have enough space for wheelchairs, lifts and walkers in addition to my students?” Your answers will assist the Council to set minimum educational space requirements based on your experience.
The updates that the Council is considering this year could impact important areas in existing schools, including:
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The survey will be open until September 15, 2018.
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